The U.S. Southern Command is about to inaugurate its $405 million, 630,425-square foot headquarters building in Florida.
The command identifies itself as one of six Defense Department geographic unified operations centers and is responsible for U.S. military operations, cooperation and partnership-building in a region that includes 31 countries and 10 territories in the Caribbean, Central America and South America.
The inauguration will be Friday at 3:30 p.m. in the City of Doral, Dade County. Air Force Gen. Douglas Fraser, the commander, will preside, command said. The ceremony will feature a flyover by F-16s from the nearby Homestead Air Reserve Base, the command said.
Military craft that come to Costa Rica on humanitarian missions, like the USS Iwo Jima are within the Southern Command, as are military boats on drug patrol in the Pacific and Caribbean.
The new building, started in June 2008, will house 2,800 persons and 13 identified agencies.